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Meet Great Lake Researcher Gary Lamberti

Dr. Gary A. Lamberti is a Professor and Assistant Chair in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Notre Dame, where he teaches Stream Ecology, Restoration Ecology, and Biostatistics. His primary research interests are in stream and watershed ecology, and include the biology of native and introduced Pacific salmon, the ecology of invasive species, and stream restoration. He has over 120 publications dealing with various aspects of aquatic ecology, and has edited the Elsevier book entitled Methods in Stream Ecology. Dr. Lamberti is also a past President of the North American Benthological Society, the leading international society for river ecologists.

In the Great Lakes basin, Dr. Lamberti is investigating methods to restore degraded streams and rivers that constitute the ultimate source of water for the Great Lakes and largely determine their water quality. He also studies the impacts of invasive benthic organisms including zebra mussels, rusty crayfish, and Chinese mystery snails, and invasive fishes including Eurasian ruffe and round gobies. Recently, Dr. Lamberti has initiated studies to assess the unintended ecological consequences of past large-scale introductions of Pacific salmon into the Great Lakes.

Current Projects

Using large wood to restore stream ecosystem function in the Ottawa National Forest of Michigan

Impacts and control of invasive benthic invertebrates in streams of the Great Lakes basin

Effects of introduced Pacific salmon on ecological communities of Great Lakes tributaries

Responses of fish communities to restoration of urban streams in the Lake Michigan basin

Proactive assessment of toxicity of new industrial solvents before widespread use